Ball Run

We are typically not big fans of mass produced catalog materials but…this is awesome! It is engaging, open ended, well designed, durable and a just right challenge for 5 year olds! 


Child Directed Learning

The capturing of an insect created opportunities for collaboration, problem solving, experimentation, engineering, squealing, giggling, negotiating, ethics debate,  conflict resolution…The beauty of a child centered/emerging curriculum!  


Conversations about a bug capture…

“Maybe he is a girl. If he lays eggs we will know he is a girl.

If he escapes we can step on him or stick him to the tape. No, that’s hurting God’s creatures- you’re bad! She isn’t bad, she just doesn’t want to get bit or pooped on! They don’t hurt you so don’t hurt it! 

We should put tape on all the connections so they don’t come apart. The chimney is too tall to stand up by itself. I’ll fix it.

Does he like the light? We are trying to see if he is afraid of the light. Turn on the flashlight and see if he runs away from it. 

We can’t keep him forever, he doesn’t have food and water. Yea but if we put him in a jar we can study him and see if we notice something new.”